Choosing Tropical Fish
If you’ve ever been to an aquarium, then you know that there are thousands of species of fish in the world. Tropical fish come in all sizes, shapes and colours. Which ones will you use to outfit your aquarium?
They are all so beautiful but all fish are not for your tank. You have to be discerning about the fish you put together. There are more tropical fish species out there than you could ever count. You want your tank to be filled with beautiful fish that will give you hours of enjoyment. There are many species of tropical fish like catfish, loaches, angel fish, rainbow fish, tetras etc.
Here are a few tips to help you choose just the right mix.
Knowledge about the fish
Your fish tank will be a work of art through living colours. But each fish is different just like other pet species have different temperaments. Books about fish can give you insight on what types of fish are delicate, hearty, saltwater fish or freshwater fish. Now, when you go to the pet store you are knowledgeable about the types of fish that you want for your home.
Health of the Fish
Buying fish, especially tropical fish, is an investment. As such, going to a reputable fish breeder or pet store is best. These individuals have the knowledge you need to make the right choices for your aquarium. What do you look for? If fish have any discolorations outside of their normal pigmentation, don’t buy them. Fish that have white spots are probably sick. Fish that seem to be attacking or quite aggressive to other fish in the tank will almost certainly do the same to other fish in your tank.
Saltwater or freshwater
Freshwater fish are less expensive. You can get started with fish keeping for less. For beginners, freshwater tanks are easier to take care of and afford. They give you just as much fun and pleasure as saltwater without the learning curve. You can always adapt your tank for buy a new one to accommodate saltwater tropical fish in the future.
Saltwater fish cost more and are more labour-intensive when it comes to maintenance. Keeping the temperature, salinity, pH and bacteria levels at a proper level takes constant monitoring in a saltwater environment. Freshwater fish may be heartier and withstand conditions that other fish can’t deal with.
Size of the Fish
Tropical fish come in many sizes. They may start out about an inch long but fish grow just like any other animal species. They may be small and cute now but will grow to be large and cute later. One problem with a tropical aquarium is too many fish for the size of the tank. Buy your fish keeping in mind how big they will get. In this case, less is more.
All fish don’t eat pellets. Some like heartier food like worms. New fish have their own special diet until they are old enough to eat what you feed the rest of your fish. If you don’t want the food to ruin your budget so choose fish with simple tastes.
Before you invest in tropical fish, know what to look for when choosing a species.